Hospital Medicine February 2013 - Hospital Medicine Alert - Feb 01, 2013

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for hospitalists, intensivists and acute care clinicians.


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Faculty Listing:

Physician Editor
Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD
Professor of Medicine
Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program
University of Washington

Executive Editor
Russ Underwood

Managing Editor
Jill Drachenberg

Richard R. Watkins, MD, MS, FACP
Division of Infectious Diseases
Akron General Medical Center
Akron, OH;
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Rootstown, OH

David J. Pierson, MD
Professor Emeritus
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Washington

Michael H. Crawford, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Clinical Cardiology
University of California, San Francisco

Leslie A. Hoffman, RN, PhD
Department of Acute/Tertiary Care
School of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh

Joseph Safdieh, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Weill Cornell Medical College

Ken Grauer, MD
Professor Emeritus in Family Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida


  • Upon Further Review: Femoral Venous Catheters Do Not Increase Risk of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection
  • Risk of Angioedema with Drug Therapy
  • Rapid Response Teams: Evidence of a Broader Impact that Influences Morale and Nursing Workload
  • Threshold Vital Sign Abnormalities as Triggers for Rapid Response Activation
  • Steroids for Bacterial Meningitis: Long-term Follow-up
  • ECG Review: The Coronaries Were Clean...


  • discuss pertinent safety, infection control and quality improvement practices
  • explain diagnosis and treatment of acute illness in the hospital setting; and
  • discuss current data on diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for common inpatient problems.

Financial Disclosure:

Hospital Medicine Alert's physician editor, Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD, executive editor Russ Underwood, associate managing editor Jill Drachenberg, and authors Richard R. Watkins, MD, MS, FACP, David J. Pierson, MD, Michael H. Crawford, MD, Joseph Safdieh, MD, and Leslie A. Hoffman, RN, PhD have no relevant financial relationship related to the material presented in this issue.

Author Ken Grauer, MD, is the sole proprietor of KG-EKG Press, and publisher of an ECG pocket brain book.

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